Looking for the best fall bucket list to make sure you enjoy this season?! Fall is seriously one of the best, most cozy, and fun times of the year! There is so much to do, so much to see, and so many delicious things to eat!
One of the best reminders this fall though is to simply slow down. Rather than stopping to smell the roses, stop to hear the leaves crinkle. Stop to smell the smokey bonfires and apple cider brewing on the stove. Whatever it is you do this autumn, the number one thing is to slow down and soak it all in. This is one of the most amazing and beautiful times of the year, make sure you allow yourself to really enjoy it.
Here is the ultimate list of 25 of the most #fallvibes things to do with either your family, your partner or simply by yourself! I hope you check off most of these this season, and really enjoy yourself, and have a great time celebrating life!
Pumpkin patches are one of the most fall things you can possibly do. Quite honestly, you’ll probably be able to check off at least five different things on this fall bucket list just by visiting a pumpkin patch. I definitely recommend planning a day during this season to go to one of the best pumpkin patches near you. You can look them up on google or Instagram tags by typing #pumpkinpatch(your city) or something along those lines.
Round up your friends, or make it a family day, or heck, make it a super cute date night. Whatever you choose! Make sure to bring a camera and dress super cute! Plaid, a vest, boots, or a scarf always add a nice fall touch to any outfit.
Most importantly though, let loose and have a good time. Pumpkin patches are so much fun and there’s usually a lot you can do at them. Do research in advance to figure out costs, parking, and activities offered. You’ll never regret planning ahead!
This should be a daily fall bucket list task in all honesty. Fall desserts are some of the absolute best. At least, in my opinion, they are. The mouthwatering flavors that remind me most of the fall are vanilla, pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, chai, maple, coffee, hazelnut, and brown sugar.
If you need some absolutely heavenly recipes, check out Half Baked Harvest, one of the best food bloggers of all time. Her fall recipes will literally make you want to eat the whole thing by yourself, they are so dang good!
Apple Cider donuts remind me oh so much of fall. They typically sell them at apple orchards and pumpkin patches, where they are typically the freshest. But you can also find them at a local grocery store as well. Or heck, if you’re really big and bad then you can make those bad boys right in your own kitchen. Turn up this super cozy fall playlist and bake away!
Here’s an amazing Apple Cider Donut Recipe in case you’re wanting to make them at home!
Although visiting an apple orchard is a bit similar to visiting a pumpkin patch, it’s still worthy to add to your fall bucket list. It’s still a fun day with family or a loved one, and you’ll learn a lot about the different types of apples. It’s fun to pick the apples yourself, and even more, fun to bring them home and bake with them. There are many different apple dishes you can make from breakfast, main courses, to desserts. There’s really nothing like picking fresh fruit straight from the tree to use in your cooking.
An obvious must-add to your fall bucket list is going to a haunted house. There are many haunted houses out there, and some are definitely scarier than others. I always find it most fun to go with a group of friends. I feel that when you walk through the haunted house in a group, you feel safer lol.
Haunted mazes and haunted forest trails are even scarier, in my opinion. So if you’re into that, I definitely recommend going. Haunted houses are super scary, but also very fun!
There’s nothing that feels more fall than putting on fuzzy socks, a warm hoodie, and sipping a warm cup of tea under a blanket while watching a Halloween movie with a few candles lit. Super fall. Super hygge.
Some of my favorite Disney Halloween movies are Hocus Pocus, James and the Giant Peach, Edward Scissor hands, Maleficent, Monsters Inc., and Scooby-Doo.
One of the best fall things to do is to have a bonfire and roast marshmallows. Or rather, go all out and make smores. But just roasting marshmallows is fun too. Light up a fire, bring out some blankets, and talk and tell fun stories. You can usually find sticks around the yard to use for the marshmallows as well.
This is always a fun thing to do with a group of friends or family. Just relax, and make it a cute atmosphere. You can order pizzas, put on this cozy fall playlist as background music, and just relax and enjoy the autumn evening by the cozy fire with good company.
As I mentioned, this cozy fall Spotify playlist is a great one to have on all throughout the fall season. It has a balanced mixture of songs, old new, fast, slow, pop, hip hop, alternative, and more.
This is a great playlist to play while entertaining guests during the fall, or even while just deep cleaning your home on a beautiful fall morning. Whatever it is, check it out, I think you’ll really like it!
One of the best times of year to stock up on candles is during the fall, hands down. You can usually find some good deals on all the best scents. Some of my favorite fragrances in fall candles are apple, vanilla, cinnamon, caramel, butterscotch, marshmallow, and tobacco.
If you’re a regular on this blog, you probably know my take on candles. I’m pretty big on non-toxic candles, as most of the popular brands are very toxic to our health and contain carcinogens.
On the note of non-toxic fragrance for the home, one of the best things to do is to boil natural elements in water on the stove. You grab a few pieces of whatever scent you like, and put it in a pot with water, and bring it to a boil. Then you just let it simmer, turning it down onto medium-low for a few hours. It will literally make your house smell amazing.
One of my favorite combinations is a few cinnamon sticks with sliced apples, which makes your home smell like apple pie. Another recipe is oranges, apples, cinnamon sticks, star anise, ginger, cardamom, and cloves. That recipe will smell spicier and remind you of autumn. You can always google different fall stovetop potpourri recipes for more ideas!
If you live somewhere with beautiful fall foliage, I 100% recommend taking a drive through the woods one day. You’d be amazed at how such a simple activity like this can bring you so much joy. I recommend googling the best places in your area with fall foliage or pretty views to take in. Bring a warm drink in a to-go mug, play some music, and just drive around and take in all of the beauty this amazing season has to offer!
Carving pumpkins is a pretty obvious fall activity favorite, but it’s important to keep on the list. Especially if you don’t have kids! Carving pumpkins is one of those things you can (and should) still do as an adult. It brings out the inner kid in you, having to scrape out the guts of the pumpkin, and getting creative with your pumpkin carving designs. There are a ton of cool stencils you can print out online.
You can search “pumpkin carving stencils” then print it out. Tape it onto your pumpkin, and trace the lines with a toothpick or something pointy, creating a dotted-like trace along the black line of the paper. Then, remove the paper and carve it along the dotted lines you created. It’s that simple!
Jack-O-Lanterns are one the coolest, easiest ways to decorate your home or porch for fall! Simply place a tealight candle inside and enjoy the beauty of your new creation!
Candy apples are SO good! They’re even better homemade. Half Baked Harvest has an amazing recipe linked here. This is a fun activity to do with kids as well! It can get a bit messy with little ones, so keep that in mind, but nevertheless, it’s super fun and yummy.
Candy apples also make great gifts. You can make a bunch and wrap them in clear wrap once they’re cooled, tie a bow and hand them out to friends and coworkers. A super cute, affordable, and pretty dang easy way to bring joy to others!
Most neighborhoods have fall festivals going on during the autumn season months. They’re typically tied to a pumpkin patch or apple orchard, but sometimes they’re separate as well.
You can do some research to find different arts and craft shows and other fall festivals going on in the area near you. You’d be surprised at how much fall fun there really is out there for you to enjoy!
If you’re into horror films, now is definitely the time for you. There are so many scary movies out there, most very cheesy, but some actually really freakin scary. Cuddle up with your boo, make some popcorn, and watch a scary movie on a cozy fall night.
If you’re really big and bad then turn off all the lights when you watch it… but only if you dare!
Haunted hayrides are so fun and super scary. Imagine getting chased by a man with a chainsaw while on a slow-ass hayride wagon lol. That’s pretty much what it is. But it’s super fun and a bit different than just walking through a haunted house. If you haven’t been before, I’d definitely recommend it. I probably wouldn’t bring little kids though. No one wants to sit on a wagon with a crying kid for 20 minutes.
Going for a nature walk in a park or the woods during the fall is so beautiful. The amazing crisp autumn air, chilling your nose, hearing the leaves crinkle as you step. There’s nothing like it. Going for walks in the fall and really observing the trees losing their leaves, and the transition of the seasons is so amazing. Earth is really fascinating if you take the time to observe and soak it all in. One of my favorite quotes by Lao Tzu is:
Nature doesn’t rush, yet everything is accomplished.Lao Tzu
I feel like this quote really captures the essence of the different seasons. Both in Mother Nature and in life in general. The seasons come and go, and the earth goes through such magnificent changes. It’s like day by day you can’t see the changes but after a few weeks and months, everything looks so different. Such an amazing and beautiful concept.
Mums are a very popular autumn flower, and I definitely recommend getting some for your front porch or backyard. They’re so beautiful, super easy to take care of, and come in a wide array of fall colors like orange, yellow, and burgundy.
You can usually find mums at your local home improvement store, farmer’s market, or plant nursery during the fall season.
Since fall is really a time to focus on gratitude and service, volunteering is definitely something worth adding to your fall bucket list this year. There are so many great ways you can give back and serve your community during this season. You can help out at your local homeless shelter or animal shelter. You can visit the elderly and keep them company during the holidays. You can help clean up trash at a local park, or you can help clean and organize a local food pantry.
I like using Volunteer Match to search for local volunteer opportunities, and you can too! This is a great thing to do to get the family involved as well!
Since fall is such an important time of gratitude, with Thanksgiving and all, writing thank you cards is a great way to spend a fall day. I recommend setting up a cute and cozy, hygge area for yourself. Put on your fuzzy socks, play some fall music, grab a blanket, light some candles, and turn on your stovetop potpourri. Make sure you have some cute stationery as well.
Before starting, make a list of the people you want to write a gratitude note to. Feel free to spread this activity over a few days or a week if your list is long. Then, write notes to each person expressing how grateful you are for their relationship and some of the things you appreciate the most about them.
When you focus on gratitude and how blessed you are to have certain people in your life, you’ll be surprised at how great you feel. Not only will this activity make the thank you note recipient smile, but it will also warm your heart as well.
Hosting a food drive for Thanksgiving is a great way to get involved in your community and give back. You can also collect food for any day as well, not just for Thanksgiving. Either way, I’d recommend running the food drive for 2-3 weeks prior to your desired delivery date. You can call a local shelter near you and say you’d like to host a food drive. Ask then what date would be best to deliver, as well as what the main items they need are.
Then, you can create some cute signs on Canva, and print them out. Grab some large cardboard boxes, and go around town, pinning them up. You can post your drive box and poster at your work, local schools, local Starbucks, and the library. Make sure you speak to management and give them all the details prior to posting.
Make sure you ask for non-perishable items so they last longer, and I’d recommend listing out specific items you’re looking for too!
If you want to get really festive this fall, you should throw a fall gathering or Halloween party. I’m sure your friends and family would love spending time with you, enjoying yummy fall food, cocktails and enjoying your cozy decorated home! In fact, I wrote a whole post on tips and ideas for hosting an amazing fall dinner party or gathering!
This is a cute and romantic fall bucket list idea. Something you can totally do as a date, or just with a friend. It’d be so cute to go to a park or somewhere with pretty fall foliage or a view, and just have a picnic on the grass with wine and cheese. Here is a post on tips to make a great charcuterie board!
The farmer’s market during the fall is always a huge hit. There are so many yummy seasonal fruits and veggies to enjoy during this season. I love shopping for in-season produce because it really makes me feel the full experience of that time of year, and it’s also always the freshest and tasty.
Definitely make it a point to check out your local farmer’s market this fall so you can enjoy the day and all the goodies from your local small businesses!
An obvious but important thing to do this fall is to decorate your home! Our homes are our havens, and decorating them for the different seasons can really make us feel cozy and bring us joy. It’s also good to have some change throughout the year. The different decorations for each season definitely keep the change of scenery up, at least a little bit. Here is a whole post on tips to decorate your home to make it feel super cozy this fall.
I hope this post helps get you excited for fall! There are so many fun things to do this autumn season with your family or loved ones.
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